Luke Gheen is the owner and CEO of the CPA firm Gheen & Co. in Colorado Springs, CO. He has built his firm from the ground up, over the last seven years, by listening to peers, forming strategic partnerships, and always with very careful planning and an eye to the future. I worked with Gheen during the winter of 2016/17 on a custom implementation of the LivePlan Method for Strategic Advising. This series of four blog posts tells that story.Read More
It’s business planning not accounting. Your projections, although they look like accounting statements, are just projections. They are always going to be off one way or another, and their purpose isn’t guessing the future exactly right, but rather setting down expectations and connecting the links between spending and revenue.Read More
I have done financial modeling and forecasting in one way or another for my entire career. I have performed this work for a vast array of business uses: management departments within private companies, project based companies, public companies and their boards, and companies seeking IPO.Read More
If you could change one thing about your business today, what would it be?
Of all the things you sell, which ones are making you money and which ones aren’t?
Are you on track to be able to give yourself a raise next year?
Do any of those questions get your attention? Would they get the attention of your small business owner clients?Read More
The financial forecast is the heart of any successful strategic advising relationship. Many people falsely assume that reporting is the necessary bit, but the forecast is what provides the roadmap and the basis for the advising.Read More
A well-built structure relies on a solid foundation. This is obvious. What might not be as obvious is that a well-built financial forecast also relies on a solid foundation. What is the foundation of the financial forecast? Let’s start by examining what it is not.
Summer break is ending, and I can feel it.
With three weeks remaining before the beginning of a new school year, there is a need to get it all in! There were big expectations for summer: night time bike rides and star gazing, s’mores, family reading, and pool time. Because we live in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, trips to the coast and to the mountains are a requirement.
Avoiding the potholes
It’s summer break now, and I have an 8 year old. This means summer camps and evening bike rides, and s'mores. It also means our standard daily routine is thrown to the wind! I love summer, but I also love the efficiency of the standard morning routine. I make the lunches, my husband feeds the dog, and our daughter complains about breakfast. Normal, right?!
“Become the Firm of the Future - hurry up!!”
This is what I hear at every trade show, in every industry-based newsletter, and in every other type of messaging to accountants right now. “The industry is changing - be a Trusted Advisor! Do it right away!”
That’s great, and I believe it. But it feels as though the industry is drowning in this message. How do we actually get there? The answer involves your business processes.